Out of the Abyss (“The Empty House”)

Out of the Abyss (

Out of the Abyss.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Empty House” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
with Annotations and Commentary on the Story.

Edited & introduced by
Andrew Solberg, BSI, Steven Rothman, BSI, and Robert Katz, MD, BSI.

“The Adventure of the Empty House” holds a special place in the hearts of Sherlockians as the tale that resurrected Sherlock Holmes after his encounter with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Out of the Abyss, published by The Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with The Rosenbach Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, includes a reproduction of the original manuscript of the story, along with an annotated typescript and commentary, supplemented by a history of the manuscript’s ownership.

This larger-format volume also contains trenchant analysis by a number of noted scholars. Among the topics addressed are the compassion of Inspector Lestrade, Mycroft as facilitator and confidante, Watson’s true role during the Great Hiatus, and the psyche of Colonel Sebastian Moran.

248 pages, 10″ x 7″ hardcover, December 2014
With the manuscript reproduction plus 19 b&w illustrations

Out of the Abyss

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Table of Contents for Out of the Abyss

General Editor’s Foreword and Preface to the Series
by Andrew G. Fusco

by Andrew Solberg, Steven Rothman and Robert S. Katz

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of the Empty House” with Annotated Transcription by Phillip Bergem

Exploring the Empty House
by Phillip Bergem

Unlocking “The Empty House”: Its History and Manuscript
by Randall Stock

Geographical Meandering
by Catherine Cooke

An Empty House
by Lyndsay Faye

“I Had Only One Confidant”: Mycroft’s True Role in “The Empty House”
by Nicholas Utechin

“The Final Problem” Problem
by Ray Betzner

Colonel Moran and Celluloid Air-Guns
by Russell Merritt

Empty Hand (Card Cheating in “The Empty House”)
by Brent Morris

“A Collector of Obscure Volumes”: Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, the Quintessential Bibliophile
by Steven Rothman

“The Empty House” and the Empty Tomb
by Lindsay D. Colwell and Chris Redmond

Watson’s Great Game
by Peter Calamai

Filling the House: Further Readings and Writings
by Maria Fleischhack

The Unusual Suspects: Contributors

Learn More

Audio Interview with the editors (podcast at I Hear of Sherlock)

Website of The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia (MS owner)

Other BSI Manuscript Series books

BSI Press / Books overview page

About the Series

The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, in cooperation with leading libraries and private collectors, publishes The Manuscript Series to bring to the public facsimile editions of manuscripts and other documents relating to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with insightful commentary by talented Sherlockian and Doylean writers.

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